LAS VEGAS, 2014-10-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of five retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas.
The NACS retail members elected to serve on the Board of Directors are:
• Anthony Bartys, senior vice president and COO of CST Brands Inc. (San Antonio, Texas)
• Anderson Jones, president and CEO of Sprint Food Stores Inc. (Augusta, Georgia)
• Kyle McKeen, president and CEO of Alon Brands Inc. (Dallas, Texas)
• Donald Rhoads, president and CEO of The Convenience Group LLC (Vancouver, Washington)
• Stephen Christopher Spinks, CEO of The Spinx Company Inc. (Greenville, South Carolina)
A member-driven organization, NACS is led by a 30-member Board of Directors, which includes three retailers from non-North American countries. In addition, the chairman and chairman-elect of the NACS Supplier Board also serve on the Board of Directors.
Following are brief biographies of the new NACS Board members:
Prior to taking on the COO role with CST Brands in 2013, Bartys served in various capacities with Valero, including vice president of operations and marketing for Valero Retails Holdings, and vice president of retail operations for Valero Energy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida. He is married to Kim Bartys.
Jones has been president and CEO of Sprint Food Stores since 1996. Previously, he was vice president, then president and CEO of MB Jones Oil Company. He served three terms on the Georgia Oilmen’s Association Board of Directors and is a member of SIGMA. He is also active in the community, serving on the SunTrust Bank-Local Augusta Board of Directors and as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Day School of Augusta, as well as a board member of the First State Bank-Wrens, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in finance. He and his wife Rosanne live in Augusta, Georgia, with their two children.
McKeen has served as president and CEO of Alon Brands since the organization was formed by Alon USA in 2008. Before joining Alon Brands, McKeen was president and COO of Carter Energy, an independent fuel marketer based in Overland Park, Kansas. Prior to Carter Energy, McKeen served in several leadership roles at Alon USA, including vice president of marketing. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wyoming and resides in Richardson, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
Rhoads joined The Convenience Group in 2000. He began his convenience career in 1989 as president of Quick Shop Minit Mart, as 51-unit retail store chain in Vancouver, Washington. Rhoads currently serves as president of the Washington Association of Neighborhood Stores and is a member of the NACS Legislative and NACSPAC Committees. He majored in business and finance at Western Washington University and completed coursework at the National Development Institute and the NACS Financial Leadership Program at Wharton. Rhoads lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Jennifer and their two children.
Before being named CEO of the family-owned Spinx Company in 2013. Spinks served the company in numerous other capacities, including as president, CFO, controller, price analyst, construction manager and territory manager. In addition to his work with NACS, he is active with SIGMA, PMAA, the South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association and the Young Presidents’ Organization, as well as serving on the Community Foundation Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and an MBA from Duke University. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife Allison and their three children.
Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.